Brooklyn Basin was conceived as a diverse and varied skyline carefully composed to give form to the waterfront and to the public spaces and streets of the neighborhood.
Establishing a viable commercial and residential district while reconnecting the public to the waterfront is central to Brooklyn Basin’s contribution to Oakland and the Bay Area.
Brooklyn Basin will transform a 64-acre post-industrial parcel of land located on the Oakland Estuary into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. More than 30 acres of publicly accessible parks, trails and marinas will be created, and residences in a range of styles including apartments, townhouses, lofts and condominiums will contribute to the neighborhood viability. Retail and commercial spaces of cultural interest will bring economic and civic vitality to the area, adding to the overall sustainability of Brooklyn Basin.
“Brooklyn Basin will create an estimated 10,000 jobs and set aside 30 acres of waterfront parks and open space.”
— Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Brooklyn Basin is committed to creating an environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhood. The development will create approximately 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs, providing significant stimulus to Oakland’s economy. Wetlands adjacent to Brooklyn Basin will be restored using environmental remediation and construction will meet LEED or Green Point Rated standards for sustainability.
Brooklyn Basin will have cultural, recreational and commercial activities programmed to enhance the public spiritedness of the district. Highlights will include an exhibition space for site-specific maritime heritage, recreational boating opportunities and visitor-oriented shops and restaurants. The Aquatic Center at Estuary Park will be restored as an integral part of the new community and the cafés, shops and galleries of Clinton Basin will further reinforce the public appeal of Brooklyn Basin as a citywide resource and open space destination.
Waterfront access is at the center of Brooklyn Basin’s urban design concept. A “necklace” of public parks along the Estuary will be linked by a continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail system that connects Jack London Square with Oakland’s eastern waterfront. As a link in the Bay Trail, Brooklyn Basin will eventually connect to Lake Merritt via bike, transit and pedestrian pathways. The streets of Brooklyn Basin are configured and designed as an integral extension of the open space system. Streets will provide direct pedestrian and visual linkages between the city and the waterfront in this comprehensive urban design.